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Certified Master Gardener Guidelines

Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed the Core Course and the two year, 48 hour Internship requirement in North Dakota's Extension Master Gardener Program. To remain active in the program, they are responsible for reporting 20 hours of volunteer service completed within the state of North Dakota as well as 10 hours of continuing education content annually.

Re-certification Guidelines

Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed the Core Course and Internship requirement. Turning in the minimum volunteer and continuing education hours guarantees re-certification.

  • MG's must report a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education by November 15th of each year to qualify for MG Award nomination. Failure to report by December 1st will lead to the following:
    • One year of not reporting or reporting less than the minimum hours required will place the MG in an unofficial one-year hiatus
    • Two years of not reporting or reporting less than the minimum hours required will result in removal from the mailing list and loss of Master Gardener status. Following this loss of active status, anyone choosing to participate again would need to retake the Extension Master Gardener Core Course

Volunteer Hours Reporting

20 hours of volunteer service:

  • Reported annually
  • completed within the state of North Dakota or a county bordering ND
  • count drive time, set up/tear down time, and actual work/teaching time within your hourly calculation
  • count research/creation time for articles written, talks given, PPts created, etc.

10 hours of continuing education:

  • Reported annually
  • educational hours can come from several sources and locations

Continuing Education Ideas

While learning opportunities do not need prior approval from your County Agent they can be a useful resource for finding classes. Our website will offer information in the Upcoming Events and News links at the right. Both volunteer service and continuing education hours can be logged using the 'Reporting Forms' link at the left.

Classroom Learning: look for hands-on training and local lectures

  • Visit local libraries and garden centers for seminar announcements
  • Garden clubs often hold tours that are great learning opportunities, as well as networking hives!
  • Attend regional day conferences and NDSU Research Extension Center events

Online Learning: webinars from local practitioners and resources

Podcasts: use your favorite smart speaker or streaming service

  • Clink to visit Oregon State University's PolliNation Podcast or subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts
  • Catch Smart Gardens from U of M Extension educators and Master Gardeners

Watch TV

  • Yes! We're serious! P.B.S. offers Prairie Yard & Garden which can be watched on Pioneer PBS or on their website at https://www.pioneer.org/pyg/

Find your Certified MG Volunteer Hours Reporting and Continuing Education Forms here.

 

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